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Plastic Surgery International
Volume 2012, Article ID 563493, 5 pages
Review Article

Skin Graft

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Keio University, School of Medicine, 35 Shinanomachi, Shinjukuku, Tokyo 160-8582, Japan

Received 11 July 2011; Revised 22 October 2011; Accepted 1 November 2011

Academic Editor: Rei Ogawa

Copyright © 2012 Ruka Shimizu and Kazuo Kishi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Skin graft is one of the most indispensable techniques in plastic surgery and dermatology. Skin grafts are used in a variety of clinical situations, such as traumatic wounds, defects after oncologic resection, burn reconstruction, scar contracture release, congenital skin deficiencies, hair restoration, vitiligo, and nipple-areola reconstruction. Skin grafts are generally avoided in the management of more complex wounds. Conditions with deep spaces and exposed bones normally require the use of skin flaps or muscle flaps. In the present review, we describe how to perform skin grafting successfully, and some variation of skin grafting.